Evenflow to face liquor control hearing over celebrity after-hours party

GENEVA – The owners of a downtown nightclub will face a hearing to answer charges they violated city rules when they allowed liquor to be served after 2 a.m. for a party at the club that included several celebrity guests late last month.

Friday, the city of Geneva announced that Mayor Kevin Burns, acting as the city's liquor commissioner, will hold a hearing at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 on charges against Evenflow Music and Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva.

According to the notice, the city has alleged that Evenflow was open from 2 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. on Aug. 25, at which time it "sold, furnished, gave away, or permitted the consumption of alcoholic liquors" on its premises, in violation of the terms of its liquor license.

The matter stems from tickets for public intoxication issued to Hollywood celebrities in town on Aug. 25 for a charity event hosted by television personality Jenny McCarhty.

From that event at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, the celebrities moved to Evenflow for a private after party.

Those ticketed at 5:45 a.m. outside Evenflow for public intoxication included reality TV and soap opera star Kelly Monaco; celebrity dance instructor Sergey Onik; movie and TV actor Heath Freeman; McCarthy's sister, Joanne McCarthy; and two Geneva residents.

Evenflow's owners have maintained they did not violate the city's liquor ordinance, saying last call was at 1:50 a.m. that morning and that those cited for public intoxication were still drunk from drinks served before 2 a.m.

The police report, however, said those cited told police they had drank alcohol until moments before they stepped outside, shortly before 5:45 a.m.

If Evenflow is convicted on the charges, it would mark the establishment's third liquor code violation, and its second for serving alcohol after 2 a.m.

The hearing will be open to the public.

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